Daily Headlines, Monday, 3/26/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserPay keeps rising for top managers at TVA

Montgomery AdvertiserPanel still studying ways to reduce insurance rates

Montgomery AdvertiserReading project promotes tolerance

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama braces for record gas prices

Huntsville TimesGrissom High’s Tom Drake one of longest-serving principals in U.S.

Huntsville TimesDowntown Huntsville may get boost from legislative bill relaxing open container laws

Huntsville TimesHuntsville best-educated of Alabama’s metro areas, with 20,000 residents holding engineering degrees

Huntsville TimesMadison County judges seek changes in court operating structure

Huntsville TimesFrom outhouses to outer space, Huntsville’s evolution unique among Alabama cities

Huntsville TimesMore than 15,000 Hispanics call Madison County home

Huntsville TimesEDITORIAL: Plans Alabama can’t afford

Huntsville TimesForever Wild: public lands from Mentone to Mobile (op-ed by Gunter Guy)

Huntsville TimesFront-yard art, Southern custom, shows our spirit (by Frances Akridge)

Birmingham NewsRepublicans say Alabama immigration law rewrite will make it more ‘workable’

Birmingham NewsMore than 400 attend Birmingham vigil for slain Florida 17-year-old Trayvon Martin

Birmingham NewsJOBS bill would aid startups, like at Innovation Depot, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus says

Birmingham NewsAlabama Legislature: Big-ticket items await lawmakers after break

Birmingham NewsThe Rev. Al Sharpton to eulogize mother Tuesday at funeral in Newville, Ala.

Press-RegisterMobile Bay’s Sand Island Lighthouse loses its namesake island again

Press-RegisterTeamsters strike at local waste company over contract dispute

Press-RegisterBentley has yet to deliver on promise to address homeowners’ insurance rates

Press-RegisterAccused tax preparers may have lied about finances to get free lawyers, feds say

Press-RegisterInspectors doubt insurers discount premiums for houses built to code

Press-RegisterAlabama’s prepaid tuition program will go broke in three years by one estimate

Press-RegisterDon’t let the RESTORE Act die in House (editorial)

Press-RegisterWhat’s next for the new chief justice? (Frances Coleman)

Press-RegisterCharter schools: ‘A fad cloaked in a mantle of false adoration’ (Insight)

Press-RegisterCharter schools can be good for traditional schools (Insight)

Tuscaloosa NewsNorthports S&P bond rating gets an upgrade

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Schoolchildren fail to benefit from Levey’s job

Anniston StarThe bitterness of recall elections: Be careful with this unique form of democratic action

Decatur Daily Giving praise to public employees

Associated PressRev. Al Sharpton to deliver motheren#39;s eulogy

Washington PostThere is no joy in education these days’

Legislative Dispatch

A Look from the Rearview Mirror

This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session.  For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end.  For others, it was one that ended much too quickly.  It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.

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Putting Students First

As you know, a very important piece of legislation will be presented for our consideration in the House tomorrow in Montgomery – Senate Bill 310 – the “Students First” tenure and fair dismissal reform bill. Like me, many House members have been inundated with phone calls and emails from opponents of this bill, and some have been [...]

Legislative Transparency

There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]


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